“discover a tragic love story of a bygone age”
At the turn-of-the-century, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full size rhineland castle in Alexandria Bay, on picturesque Heart Island. The grandiose structure was to be a display of his love for his wife, Louise. Beginning in 1900, the Boldt family spent summers in the 1000 Islands at the Boldt Families Wellesley House near Mr. Boldt’s Wellesley Island Farms while 300 workers including stonemasons, carpenters, and artists fashioned the six story, 120 room castle, complete with tunnels, a powerhouse, Italian gardens, a drawbridge, alster tower (children’s playhouse) and a dove cote. Not a single detail or expense was spared. In January 1904, tragedy struck. Boldt telegraphed the island and commanded the workers to immediately “stop all construction.” Louise had died suddenly. A broken hearted Boldt could not imagine his dream castle without his beloved. Boldt never returned to the island, leaving behind the structure as a monument of his love. For 73 years, the castle and various stone structures were left to the mercy of the wind, rain, ice, snow and vandals. When the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property in 1977, it was decided that through the use of all net revenues from the castle operation it would be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. Since 1977, several million dollars have been applied to rehabilitating, restoring and improving the Heart Island structures.
I was there in July 1978. My Mom, Dad, Husband and our 3 1/2 year old daughter, Heather, all visited. My daughter called it the "Kings Castle". My Dad, being a great Grandfather picked up two pieces of brick and put them in his pocket. He gaven them to Heather when we returned home (Utica at the time). Heather is now 38 and still has those two pieces of the "Kings Castle" on her dresser. We plan on visiting next summer with her 13 year old daughter and 2 1/2 year old son. It is a trip I am really looking forward to shareing with Heather!
Seeing the castle in person was amazing! I went with my two daughters. It was an amazing story . So glad we planned this trip! It will not leave you disappointed .
The closest thing you can actually get to staying in a real castle!
LOVED IT - MUST SEE!!! Nice boat ride over and awesome grounds - really neat to see how it was made and being kept - The grounds will take as long to see as the castle - expect to spend 4 hours. When in the area there is also a nice boat ride to Singer castle that will take about 4 hours round trip. Nice to see the clear water and all the islands.
The Boldt Castle is just amazing! The whole experience of being there was fantastic and it made us relax and travel back through time.
Lovely park around, great castle, kept in very good condition and sitting/picnic areas are available at the waterfront.
I would suggest you should not miss visiting out if you are at the area.
The castle sits on one of the 1000 islands and is quite an epic site to come up on as you traverse the islands. There is a fee to do the tour, and I was surprised by the number of visitors while I was there - but it was well worth the visit. Walking the grounds and secret gardens with their views across the island is great.
My parents took me there as a child and I took my children a couple of years ago... so beautiful!
Great stop!! Our entire family enjoyed this one!
Really Terri Horton, how many bricks will you remove on your next visit to Boldt Castle? If all of the tourists stole bricks from the castle how long do you think it would be left standing? I totally agree with m.robermat; take pictures and don't remove stuff!
Amazing architecture! So glad to see the restorations. Such a great history lesson!
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